Monsoon Session of Parliament: After stormy Day 2, Opposition to corner Modi govt with farmer crisis, Gorkhaland unrest

With the Opposition creating a ruckus in both Houses on Tuesday, Wednesday's proceedings will likely see another stormy start as Parliament meets at 11 am for the third day of the Monsoon Session.

On Tuesday, members from the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the left parties and the RJD created uproar in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha as soon as the Houses met. Due to the ruckus, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day minutes after noon while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned repeatedly till 3 pm and then dismissed for the day without conducting any business.

A scene of the Rajya Sabha in Parliament during the ongoing session in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

A scene of the Rajya Sabha in Parliament during the ongoing Monsoon Session on Tuesday. PTI

Wednesday will likely to see the aftershocks of of Tuesday's chaos in both Houses, with Opposition parties alleging that the government is throttling alternative voices after Mayawati resigned from the Upper House. Moreover, the state of agriculture and farmers' protests, one of the key issues in Opposition's cache of weapons with which it plans to corner the Centre, is slated for discussion under Rule 193.

Meanwhile, 2,000 farmers have rallied at Jantar Mantar to condemn the "anti-farmer" policies of the BJP government and the killing of six farmers in Madhya Pradesh in June. The farmers are also pressing the government for adequate remuneration for their produce, while seeking a complete farm loan waiver.

Besides this, two new bills: Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education 2017 and The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017 will be tabled in the Parliament for debate and passage.

Three bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday too, despite the brouhaha. However, no discussions could be held owing to the chaos and repeated sloganeering in the House.

The Opposition wanted to raise cow vigilantism, the plight of farmers and various other issues. Being disallowed, members from the Congress, RJD, TMC and the Left, among others, then stormed the Well. Many were also holding placards.

One of the opposition placards read: Gau mata toh bahana hai, karz maafi se dhyan hatana hai (Cow protection is a tool to divert attention from farm loan waiver). Another read: Vijay Mallya ko bhagaya, kisano ko rulaya (Vijay Mallya was allowed to leave, while farmers were made to cry).

BJP members from Karnataka were also seen holding placards and standing at their benches, asking the state government to protect honest officers. They were referring to the recent transfer of DIG (Prisons) D Roopa, who reportedly exposed that AIADMK leader VK Sasikala was provided special services inside prison.


Published Date: Jul 19, 2017 10:12 am | Updated Date: Jul 19, 2017 10:11 am


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